How to: Christmas Collage Toppers 2 with Shadow Layer

Hi there!

Wow, wow, wow! Thank you all so much for joining us on Tuesday, October 3rd for our 24 hour Craft Day on HSN! It was a wild roller coaster of a ride, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! There’s so much creativity just waiting to happen with products like the Cricut Maker, the Cricut Easy Press, Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Digital Cartridge and the Christmas Shaker Card Kit. These incredible items are sure to inspire you to create the most beautiful projects. Be sure to share all your work with us on Facebook! We love to see what you are making, and we get inspired every time you post.

You haven’t seen a “beautiful in the making” how-to project since the end of August because of all the new product previews. Today we chose our amazing Christmas Collage Toppers 2 to inspire you to get crafting! Crafty girls have been connecting the dots across all of your Anna Griffin stash. Just look how we have used the Beribboned Frame die to accent the artwork on the card topper!

Christmas Collage Toppers II

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Cuttlebug™ Beribboned Frames Dies, 489-501
  • Anna Griffin® Tool ‘n One, 457-852
  • Anna Griffin® Christmas Collage Toppers Set 2 (“Peace Love and Joy” topper) 574-353
  • Anna Griffin® Perfect Patterns Christmas Cards and Envelopes (1, 5” x 7” green and red card), 574-354
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday 5″ x 7″ Metallic Layers Cardstock (1 green layer), 442-884
  • Ivory cardstock, cut to 5” x 7”
  • Holly embellishments (2)
  • Adhesive (tape runner or glue)
  • Foam squares
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Die cut the metallic green card stock layer with the Beribboned Frame Die.

Using scissors, cut off the small leaves around the edges of the frame die cut.

Trace the outline of the frame die cut onto the ivory card stock with a pencil.

Fussy cut the ivory card stock along the traced outline. Cut slightly inside the lines.

Assembly:

Using a tape runner or glue, adhere the frame die cut to the ivory card stock layer.

Attach the frame die cut with ivory card stock backing to the Perfect Patterns Christmas Card using foam squares.

Adhere the Christmas Collage Topper to the center of the card using foam squares.

Attach one Holly embellishment to the bottom right corner of the Christmas Collage Topper, and then adhere a second Holly embellishment to the top left corner of the Christmas Collage Topper, between the frame die cut and Collage Topper.

Ta da! That is beautiful in the making!

It is time for a breather and to get ready for Create. We plan to keep showing you lots of things to make and we will take you behind the scenes of Quilt Market and Quilt Festival between now and the end of the month.

Mark your calendars for my next HSN shows on Friday, November 17th at 10am and 3pm and Saturday, November 18th at 9am. Yes, you read that right, we have a show on Saturday!

Lots of love,

Anna

HSN October 3rd, 2017 Shopping List + Winners!

Hi everyone,

We have your list and we’re checking it twice! Rest up today because tomorrow is a 24 hour Craft Day on HSN! Join us tonight at 8pm for The Monday Show with Adam Freeman! You’ll get an exclusive look at the Cricut Maker before the big launch at 12am!

We kick off Craft Day with an hour long look at the Today’s Special at midnight– then we are on for full hours at 1am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm. Believe it or not, it is all Anna all day because we are also in the 8am, 9am, 2pm 3pm and 9pm hours.

This day is going to be the biggest Christmas crafting day all year, and we can’t wait to show you all the amazing items we have lined up. ‘Tis the season to make something beautiful!

Now, it’s time to announce our 4 blog winners. Your names were drawn out of the most comments we have ever received to win our giveaways. We’re so happy for you all, and we will ship your winnings out as soon as we return from HSN!

Cricut Bright Pad, Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Cartridge, foil card stock, glitter card stock, Hot Fix fabric – goes to: Clare Dempsey

Cricut Easy Press, foil card stock, glitter card stock, Hot Fix fabric – goes to: Janet Geary

Cricut Easy Press, foil card stock, glitter card stock, Hot Fix fabric – goes to: Joanne Lowe

Cricut Maker, Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Cartridge, foil card stock, glitter card stock, Hot Fix fabric – goes to: Christine Charles

Drum roll everyone! After 9 months, 36 blog posts, hundreds of products previewed and over 70,000 comments to win we have drawn 3 names from our winners this year to come to the 3rd Annual Anna Griffin Create!

Anna Griffin | Create is really the icing on the cake, the creme de la creme of crafting events. Our goal is to inspire crafters, encourage creativity and build a strong community of friends who are truly like family. Each event has been so meaningful to us, and we are thrilled that 3 of the last nine months of blog winners are able to join us for this incredible crafting weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Shelby McDaniel, Mary Beth Hanke and Shellie Fontana pack your bags! So exciting! We couldn’t be happier for you!

As promised, here is your shopping list for all of the products that we have previewed over the last 2 weeks. Enjoy!

New Items

574135 Cricut Maker Machine Bundle

567106 Cricut Maker Machine Bundle with Auto ship AG Educational Curriculum

562405- Cricut Bright Pad

583456- Cricut Easy Press Machine

578099 Hotfix Fabric- Christmas

578097 Hotfix Fabric- Everyday

583537 Anna’s Christmas Ornaments Digital Cartridge

574335 12 x 12 Foil Cardstock

572265 Christmas Shaker Card Kit with Auto Ship

572267 Christmas Confetti Dies with Auto Ship

572269 Shaker Card Window Dies

574352 Christmas Window Frame Card Kit

546217 Window Frame Card Kit Everyday with Cutting Dies

574344 Bow Maker and Storage Box with Christmas Ribbon

576952 Anna Griffin Pendant Necklace Kit

576951- Anna Griffin Bracelet Kit

574341 Holiday Embellishment Dies

574340 Holiday Decorative Edge Dies

574353 Christmas Collage Toppers 2

574354 Perfect Christmas Card Set

574355 All Occasion Card Inserts

574342 Christmas Sentiment Stamps and Dies

574338 Holiday Gatefold Embossing Folders

Returning Favorites

499577 Holiday Glitter Stickers

528926 Scenes Embossing Folders

443537 36 Piece Gold/Silver Glitter Paper

505085 Christmas Seasonal Layers

505090 Holiday Rosettes

505072 Chic Wrap Gift Wrap Dispenser- Christmas

532402 CHic Wrap Gift Wrap Dispenser- Everyday

510419 Christmas Packaging Tape

568628 Purse Gift Card Dies

442884 5 x 7 Holiday Metallic Layers

499549 Holiday Rollagraph

499562 Holiday Rollagraph Refill

There you have it! A whole lot of gorgeous, holiday crafting goodies! We will see you at 8pm, and then at midnight to kick off Craft Day. Let the craftiness begin!

Xoxo,

Anna

 

 

HSN October 3 2017 Product Preview 4

Hi there!

It’s our last Product Preview before our shows on HSN this Tuesday, October 3rd! Have the alarm set, snacks ready and coffee poured! We will be live at 8pm October 2nd with Adam Freeman for the Monday Night Show and then at midnight, 1am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm.

Sandie Duggan, you’re the winner of Product Preview 3, so exciting! On Monday we will have your trusty shopping list with available links on the blog plus the final winner for our October 3rd giveaways. This weekend there will be 4 winners. We are giving away a Cricut Maker, 2 Easy Presses and a Bright Pad along with our new items featured below to 4 lucky winners! Be sure to comment here on the blog, and good luck to you!

As always we saved the best for last! Let’s get things rolling!

On Tuesday, you will see all that the Cricut Maker can do, plus you will see the exclusive educational auto ship program that will keep you creating with the Maker all year long! Starting in December and going through December of 2018, you will learn how to make projects with paper, felt, vinyl, iron on, printables, faux leather and fabric.  You will get cutting files, materials, and step by step instruction to follow along with video tutorials!

Make Something You Love with Paper – Auto ship December 2017

Make Something You Love with Felt – Auto ship February 2018

Make Something You Love with Vinyl – Auto ship April 2018

Make Something You Love with Iron On – Auto ship June 2018

Make Something You Love with Printables – Auto ship August 2018

Make Something You Love with Faux Leather – Auto ship August 2018

Make Something You Love with Fabric – Auto ship December 2018

Also, to use with any of the Cricut family of products (Explore models and Maker machine), we have two amazing fabric kits to offer you! We took some of our favorite patterns (you’ll see Rose Black, Charlotte and a few familiar prints) to create an everyday and a Christmas Hot Fix Anna Griffin Fabric Bundle. Each pattern is 100% printed cotton and has bonded iron on material on the reverse side of the fabric. There are 12 pieces of the 10×10 fabrics in each kit, 6 different designs, 2 pieces each.

Say hello to Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Digital Cartridge. Now, you can create the most stunning ornaments to trim your tree and deck the halls! For use with any of the Cricut Explore machines or the Maker, this cartridge includes 36 intricate ornaments to make, 10 print then cut images of Santa Claus and Angels. Also, you will get the Elfie alphabet with a cutting and writing style. Ornament shapes range from Christmas sweaters, angels, bells and sleighs to snowflakes, stars and more! Use our foil and glitter papers, embellishments and fun decorative items like tinsel, sequins and jewels to make these ornaments your own.

 

 

The holidays are all about shine! Give your projects gorgeous sheen with our brand new set of Foil Card Stock! You’ll get 6 sheets of 5 colors: silver matte, silver shiny, gold matte, gold shiny, red matte and red shiny for 30 total sheets. This card stock cuts perfectly on any Cricut machine and embosses like a dream!

All that glitters is gold! Our 12 x 12 Silver and Gold Glitter Card Stock is perfect for use with Anna’s Christmas Ornaments Cartridge, for cards and on scrapbook pages! You’ll get 36 sheets of gorgeous glitter that stays on the paper, not on your hands. These metallics add a touch of rich elegance to each and every project you create!

We are so excited to have the Cricut BrightPad in our line up this time! You know how complicated it can be to weed, trace and quilt with an intricate pattern. Luckily, on October 3rd we are offering the Cricut BrightPad to make the job easier! This low profile, lightweight, lightbox has 5 brightness settings on a 9.5″ by 11″ screen to help you craft with less eye strain. We like to call it enlightened crafting!

Iron on projects have never been so easy! The Cricut Easy Press makes it possible to get professional iron-on results in a minute or less! This machine with its 9″ by 9″ base heats up to 350 degrees to ensure that your iron on images stick wash after wash. Make t-shirts, bags and hand towels and more for everything from school projects and sports teams to sorority letters or any fun design you can cut with your Cricut.

There you have our grand finale!  Now, we want to see comments worthy of this Christmas crafting haul and a potential spot at Anna Griffin | Create! There will be 4 lucky winners drawn at random on Monday from the comments here on the blog. We’re really looking forward to reading what you have to say!

We will meet you right here on Monday to announce this weekend’s winners and all 3 Anna Griffin | Create ticket winners! It’s going to be a great time!

Xoxo,

Anna

 

HSN October 3, 2017 Product Preview 3

Hi there!

Happy Monday! We are only 8 days away from our HSN appearances on October 3rd for Craft Day! Join us for Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting at midnight, 1am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 9pm and 10pm. Over the weekend, so many of you stopped by the blog to tell us your favorite items from Friday’s blog post. Chosen from over 1596 comments, Mary Beth you are today’s winner. We have emailed you! Your name is going in our drawing on Monday for the 3 tickets to Anna Griffin | Create!.

Let’s take a look at more new products, shall we?

The amazing Cricut Maker is coming to HSN next week and we could not be more excited! If you have waited to purchase your first Cricut or you have been wanting to upgrade an existing machine, there will be no time like October 3rd. We have the ultimate cutting machine that cuts more materials, with more pressure than any machine ever offered. HSN is known for having the best deal on the market and this day will be no exception. Here is the inside scoop, the machine comes with all kinds of materials so you can make something you love, flex pay and special shipping. You will get over $82 of materials with the machine. This includes the washable fabric marking pen, strong Grip mat, the scoring stylus, bonded fabric blade and housing, vinyl, iron on, kraft board and fabric. What’s even better? You can buy the machine with our custom designed auto ship educational curriculum. That’s right, a whole year of Anna Griffin projects, Cricut materials, instructions and videos to make something you love all year long! More to come on this subject on Friday!

Want to make your own layered card sentiments? Our Christmas Sentiment Stamps and Dies can create endless supplies of joyful Christmas greetings. You’ll get 8 concentric dies to create layered sentiments and 24 sentiment stamps. Designed for the exterior and interior of your cards, this set offers phrases like Greetings to You and Yours, Joy to the World, Yuletide Greetings and more!

If you are looking for a beautiful set of holiday ink colors to use with all your stamps and embossing folders, look no further! Our Colorbox Christmas Ink Pads are back! Shades of red, green, gold and silver will bring your stamped images and sentiments to life in brilliant color. You’re going to love the rich, pigmented color you will get with each stamped design!

Our incredibly popular Shaker Card Making Kit now comes in a Christmas version! With this kit you can make 30 gorgeous sequin filled shaker cards! Shake things up this Christmas with these easy to make and embellish cards.

Guess what? This kit is the kick off to our Shaker Card Making Kit Auto Ship Program.

In December you will get a Valentines Shaker Card Kit complete with a heart, present and envelope shaker window.

In February a Springtime Shaker card kit complete with a bunny, butterfly and 4 leaf clover shaker window.

Lastly, in April a Well Wishes Shaker card kit complete with a teacup, onesie and cupcake shaker window.

Say hello to our Christmas Confetti Dies that make Christmas tree, snowflake and holly confetti in just 1 turn of your Cuttlebug. Use your favorite patterned, glitter or solid paper to create confetti to fill your shaker cards.

You know what? There is an Auto Ship program for the Confetti Dies to go along with the card kits! When you buy the Christmas Confetti dies, you can sign up for the Valentines, Springtime and Well Wishes confetti dies as well. Each set comes with 3 themed 5×7 metal etched dies that make the prettiest confetti imaginable!

Valentine Confetti includes kisses, hearts and XOXO!

Springtime Confetti includes butterflies, bunnies, eggs, 4 leaf clover and tulips.

Well Wishes Confetti includes balloons, confetti, onsies, tea cups and flowers.

We have thought of everything that you could possible need to make the world’s best Shaker Cards. Give a round of applause for the Shaker Window Die Cutting Set! Cut out windows from any of your own papers. Cut out overlays to frame the window. Cut out embellishments to adorn the windows. You get the idea! Everything you love about our Shaker Card Kits is now available as a cutting die for you to shake up your card making for years to come!

As always the previews get better and better. Tell us which item you are most excited about by commenting here on the blog. This Friday we will draw a winner at random for all of the items featured today. That winner’s name will be added to all of our blog winners this year for a chance at the 3 tickets to Anna Griffin | Create!

Don’t forget we have our last October 3rd product preview this coming Friday with only 3 short days to comment to win our biggest giveaway bundle this month!  It’s going to be amazing, and you don’t want to miss out!

Bye for now,

Anna

 

 

 

HSN October 3rd, 2017 Product Preview 2

Hi everyone,

It’s time for the 2nd Product Preview for our upcoming shows on HSN October 3rd. Get ready because it’s going to be double the fun! It’s a 24 hour Craft Day, and we get to kick off the day with the Today’s Special, the Cricut Maker! We can’t wait to show you the amazing things that you’ll be able to create with this one of a kind machine! It’s going to enhance your crafting in ways you have never imagined. So, be sure to join us at midnight, 1am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 9pm and 10pm. Virginia Lucas, you’re the winner from Product Preview 1!

It’s time to start our second preview of the week, are you ready?

The magnificent Maker will be the star of the show on October 3rd! This revolutionary new machine cuts more materials than ever before with ten times the pressure of the regular Explore machines. The machine comes with a rotary blade made for cutting fabrics without stabilizer. That means all of the beautiful cotton fabrics that we make can easily be cut with the Maker. Next week you will get a sneak peek of what comes with the machine and we are giving away a Maker, a Bright Pad and an Easy Press!

Our shows are also packed with new holiday crafting products! Are you ready to put all of those holiday papers to work? Introducing our gorgeous set of Christmas Embellishment Cut and Emboss Dies. This set of 4 intricate dies includes a bough of holly, wrapped presents, a bow-topped wreath and bells adorned with ribbon. The details you get from these cut and emboss dies are stunning, and will create magical Christmas cards.

If you loved our versatile set of everyday Decorative Edge Dies, then you will adore our brand new Christmas Decorative Edge Dies. Make your card and scrapbook edges sing with snowflakes, ornaments, holly and a starburst. These dies create ornate finishes on your cards, fancy scrapbook pages and even creative home decor!

We have the perfect papers to go with your Christmas Decorative Edge dies! Our set of 5 x 7 Metallic Layers includes 120 sheets, 12 each of 10 colors. Shades ranges from deep red and copper to gold and ice blue. The shimmer in these papers are so gorgeous, and will catch the light on all your holiday projects.

The Bow Maker with Storage Box is back, and better than ever with 5 gorgeous spools of double-faced satin ribbon. This beautiful storage box comes with with silver, gold, red and green double faced satin ribbon. On top of the box is a grid that gives you step by step instructions for creating perfect bows in all sizes!

So many of you wrote in to tell us that you would love to see a holiday version of our Window Frame Card Making Kit, and that’s exactly what we created for October 3rd! With this easy to make kit you can create 20 unique, dimensional cards that stand up and get noticed. All of the gorgeous patterns and embellishments work together to create the ultimate Christmas cards. The cutting dies are not included in this set which makes for a more affordable offering!

Making its return to HSN is the everyday version of the Window Frame Card Making Kit with cutting dies. There’s so much inside! You’ll get everything you need to make 20 incredible, 3D step cards as well as 7 cutting dies to make your own cards once you have completed the set. This is a card kit like no other! It includes pre-cut, scored patterned cards, die cut frames, gorgeous floral die cuts, fanciful foil flourishes and sentiment stickers to write your special message.

Seasonal Card Layers for Christmas are back in October! These double-sided card stock layers contain 96 patterned, solid and bordered layouts that work beautifully with all of our holiday dies, embellishments, stickers, embossing folders and more! There are classic red, gold, green and silver mixed in with some modern colors like bright green and ice blue.

Wow! How’s that for a double preview week? Comment below, and tell us your very favorite item of the preview and we will draw a winner at random on Monday.

Love,

Anna